30 Jul 2020

Australia to open first High Commission in Niue this year

12:47 pm on 30 July 2020

The first Australian High Commission to be based in Niue is set to open later this year.

Australia and Niue two folded flags together

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An Australian government spokesperson said the inaugural High Commissioner to Niue would be announced soon.

Currently, Australia worked with New Zealand through a delegated cooperation arrangement to support development activities in Niue.

BCN News reported the Australian Diplomatic mission would initially be based with the New Zealand High Commission in Tapeu.

Earlier this week Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to the late Premier of Niue, Sir Toke Talagi, saying the establishment of the High Commission reflected his determination.

He said Sir Toke had formalised connections between the two nations and the relationship had never been stronger.

As part of the Australian government's Pacific Step Up policy, Australia was aiming to be represented in every member country of the Pacific Islands Forum.